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Diagnostic Audiological Evaluations

When you notice that you’re having a hard time hearing conversations or if you don’t hear as well as you once did, it is important that you get a diagnostic audiological evaluation to determine the severity of your hearing loss. Elementary schools often do a rudimentary audiological evaluation so that they can identify children who may struggle with hearing loss. If your child has taken and failed such a test it is imperative for them to get an audiological evaluation as well.

The purpose of these evaluations are to identify if you have hearing loss as well as to determine its extent. Once your audiologist has determined the severity of your case, he will be able to recommend the best treatment option for you as well has help you understand what may have caused your hearing loss.

How Will I Be Tested?

The type of testing that is done during an audiological screening is dependent on the age of the patient as well as what is already known about the status of their hearing. There are three parts to a diagnostic audiological evaluation: speech testing, bone-conduction testing, and pure-tone testing. By doing these tests, your audiologist can determine if your hearing loss is sensorineural, which means it is problem with the inner ear, or if it is a conductive issue, which is a problem with the outer or middle ear.

Speech Testing

When testing infants, young children, or those with cognitive or developmental impairments, there are specialized tests that allow the audiologist to evaluate the auditory system even though the patient is unable to cooperate in the evaluation.

As part of the test, your audiologist may perform an otoscopy which allows them to examine your middle ear. It is also likely that they will perform a tympanometry which is a test of the middle ear. These two non-invasive tests will help them diagnose the health of your middle ear and ear canal.

When testing adults or older children, audiologists are able to do a speech reception threshold test, or SRT so that they can determine the minimal level at which a patient can understand words.

Bone Conduction Testing

In order to test your bone conduction, your audiologist will use a device that is placed behind your ear that allows sound to bypass both the outer and middle ear and determine how well sound passes through your skull to your inner ear.

Pure-tone Air Conduction Testing

Your audiologist will place headphones on your ears and play a sound at various frequencies in order to determine the lowest and highest frequency at which you can hear sounds.

Other Tests That May Be Included:

  • Otoacoustic Emissions Screening (OAE)
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
  • Auditory Steady-State Response Testing (ASSR)
  • Conditioned Play and Visual Reinforcement for children

Whenever there is a chance of hearing loss being present, it is important to get an audiological evaluation right away. This will allow you to get the treatment that you need to improve the quality of your life.

Make sure that you allow time to talk with your audiologist about your results so that they can help you best understand your case and answer any questions that you might have.

Our hearing professionals can answer any questions you may have about the evaluations we perform. Contact our office by visiting our Contact Page or by calling 435.688.8991 or 801.298.4327.